Holiday party idea #52: Recreate your favorite Busby Berkeley number with 160 of your closest friends. Matching outfits mandatory.

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Just another blustery day in Moscow for our favorite hotel girl.

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Of the four egg nog variations in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, the one that tickled our fancy was appropriately titled the “Breakfast.” Why, don’t mind if we do.

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A solitary clergyman, pious in garb and somber in expression, glides across a frozen Scottish landscape. The subject of our painting is Reverend Robert Walker, his empty rink is Duddingston Loch, and the year is 1790. Painter Sir Henry Raeburn contrasts the minister’s elegant demeanor with the whimsy—and do we sense a touch of vanity?—of his skillful pose.

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From the school of polite partying: Spilled Wine 101 

The most polite way to deal with a spilled drink, by Paperless Post

Grandmothers are bastions of fine manners, and ours always had strong opinions on drinks—mixed, shaken, stirred, and especially spilled. A consummate hostess, she taught us that putting one’s guests at ease is the golden rule of giving a gracious party. So when a festive cocktail party climaxes in a brandy stain on her favorite kaftan or bust of Marie Antoinette, she never fumbles for the right course of action.

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